Local events supporting Comic Relief

Emma LeeComic Relief's vision is 'a just world free from poverty'. The first Red Nose Day took place in 1988 and raised �15m. It's held every two years - the last one, in 2007, raised an incredible �67,250,099.Emma Lee

Comic Relief's vision is 'a just world free from poverty'. The first Red Nose Day took place in 1988 and raised �15m. It's held every two years - the last one, in 2007, raised an incredible �67,250,099. This year, as ever, schools and workplaces across our region will be joining in with Red Nose Day on March 13 to do something funny for money. Here are just a few of the events planned so far.

t This weekend (March 6-8) Walberswick is going Comic Relief crazy.

On Friday, 60s band The Austin Beats are playing the village hall at 7.30pm. Admission, by ticket only, is �10.

On Saturday a children's day is being held at The Barn, The Street. It starts at 10.30am (doors open at 10am) with Singalonga Mamma Mia. Tickets cost �5 per child, including popcorn and a soft drink, followed by opportunity to make a clay comic creature and pony ride. And in the evening there's a double bill of films for grown-ups - Strictly Ballroom and Ealing comedy The Titfield Thunderbolt. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets cost �10.

On Sunday at 10.30am, there's a car boot sale next to The Barn - pitches cost �15, and at 12.30pm, also in The Barn, there is an auction of celebrity memorabilia. Then at 3pm, there's a fashion show featuring new collections from Southwold boutique Collen and Clare and special donations from celebrities - including Twiggy, Jo Brand, Claudia Winkleman and Clive Anderson. Tickets cost �10.

Tickets for Friday's event are available from Collen and Clare in Southwold, The Cut in Halesworth and The Tuck Shop in Walberswick. Tickets for the fashion show are available from Collen and Clare. Tickets for everything else and booking for car boot pitches are available through the event's organiser, Angie Power, on 07816 575631.

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t Norwich professional boxer turned ultra runner Jackson Williams will be running and cycling from Norwich to London and back again. He will start his adventure at the Elite Strength and Conditioning Gym in Norwich on Friday, March 13 and will be joined by a group of six friends who will cycle the 120 miles to Tower Bridge, London, with him. The next morning he'll run the 120 miles back to Norwich. His pals will also run back, but in a relay format.

Jackson, a teacher at City College Norwich, says: 'I've always enjoyed running, and in the past have taken on various challenges including my most recent last summer, running from John O' Groats to Gretna and then cycling to Land's End.

'I wanted to do something to raise money for Comic Relief, as it's such a good cause and I also wanted to do something which my friends could do with me.

'I've been training for this every day, and have been extending the running by completing 30 miles every Saturday and then cycling between 40 and 50 miles every Sunday.'

Jackson's latest challenge forms part of a bigger picture which will see him run 52 marathons in 52 days on a treadmill in the summer and then run across Australia in 2010.

t Staff at Wymondham hairdressers Aristocuts will be dressing in red pyjamas, slippers and Wee Willie Winkie hats on Red Nose Day.

Spokesman Rebecca Garratt, said: 'We are going to go to town with balloons and a banner. All the girls are coming in, even on their day off, and some of the other shops are involved and have donated things for the raffle. Tickets are �5 and there's some really good prizes.

'We've also got a guy coming in at about 4.45pm who will have both legs waxed and people can come and watch!'

The Market Street salon will be raising funds between 9am and 7pm.

t About a dozen members of the Three Horseshoes pub in Hempnall Green, near Long Stratton, will be cross-dressing while competing in a 12-hour marathon darts match. The event will run from 9am to 9pm on Red Nose Day and the team is hoping to raise �1,000.

t On Friday March 4, the Subway sandwich bar chain will be giving 10pc of its takings in its East Anglian branches to Comic Relief.

t Swaffham is putting the fun into fundraising. On Red Nose night, from 6pm-10pm, the Fun Factor is being held at the Sacred Heart Convent sports hall in Mangate Street. Organised by Jammin Entertainments, attractions include a rodeo bull, a surf machine, bungee run, bouncy castle, a disco and karaoke. Admission is �2.50.

t Teenage blues guitarist and singer Oli Brown is backing Comic Relief by raffling one of his instruments at a rare home gig on Red Nose night. On Friday, March 13, his UK tour rolls into Norwich, with a gig at the Arts Centre - his only one in the city this year. Support comes from Dove and Boweevil. It starts at 8.30pm and tickets cost �10 (�8 concessions) from 01603 660362.

t Staff at North Norfolk District Council will be in their Cromer HQ car park all day, cycling the circumference of the district and rowing the length of its coastline on cycling and rowing machines run by its mobile gym.

t Each classroom at St Mary's Primary School in Beetley has a donation tin - and if they raise enough money their teachers will have to perform a Red Nose Day forfeit. In addition, the school cookery club will be selling homemade biscuits to fellow pupils and each child will be allowed to wear red clothing, instead of their uniform, for a donation of 50p.


t The main event is the telethon Comic Relief - Funny for Money on Red Nose Day itself (Friday, March 13) on BBC One and Two. From 7pm to 3am, celebrities including David Tennant, Davina McCall, Alan Carr, Graham Norton, right, and Jonathan Ross will be presenting the show with sketches galore. Highlights include special editions of Little Britain, Dragons' Den, Top of the Pops - and the last ever sketch by French and Saunders.

t Let's Dance For Comic Relief Grand Final (March 14, BBC One). The skills on display may not quite match up to the creative flair shown on Strictly Come Dancing, but there's plenty of entertainment value - anyone who saw Peep Show's Robert Webb whipping off a boiler suit to reveal a sparkly leotard and dance to What A Feeling will vouch for that.

t Comic Relief Does The Apprentice (March 12 and 13, BBC One). Sir Alan Sugar's next boardroom victim won't be a budding business star, but a celebrity raising money for Comic Relief. This year Jonathan Ross, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Gok Wan and Gerald Ratner will do battle against Patsy Palmer, Carol Vorderman, Ruby Wax, Fiona Phillips and businesswoman Michelle Mone.

t Kilimanjaro - The Big Red Nose Climb (March 12, BBC One). See how the celebs coped with their gruelling trek up Africa's highest mountain.


t Pay online at rednoseday.com/fundraisingmoney or create an online Red Nose Day giving page at rednoseday.com/rndgiving

t Pay at any bank using the giro slip attached to your sponsorship form inside the fundraising kit.

t Pay into the Red Nose Day Account at any Post Office or building society.

t Send a cheque or postal order, made payable to Red Nose Day 2009, to Ernst and Young, PO Box 51543, London, SE1 2UG.

t Call the Red Nose Day donation line on 03457 910910.

t Don't forget your red nose - this year there are three to choose from. They cost �1 each (at least 70p goes to Comic Relief) and are available from Sainsbury's, Oxfam or rednoseday.com/shop

t Other Red Nose Day merchandise includes T-shirts designed by Stella McCartney and modelled by Keira Knightley, which are available from TK Maxx and rednoseday.com/shop, priced between �5.99 and �9.99 and two South African Red Nose Wines, produced by SAAM Mountain Vineyards, with Damien Hirst artwork on the labels - visit the Red Nose Day website for more details. And, of course, there's the single - Gavin and Stacey's Nessa Jenkins and Bryn West (Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon) have teamed up with the legendary Sir Tom Jones to record their own version of Islands in the Stream. It's out on Monday.